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Written by Tarn
(3/2/2011 11:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Oh, I think Mrs Elton will remember it all, penned by Kathleen Glancy
Mrs Elton has consistently included Miss Bates in her invitations (to the Weston's ball at the Crown, to Mr Knightley's garden party, and even to dinner at the vicarage!). Mrs Elton's carriage has collected Miss Bates on every occasion. ("You may be very sure I shall always take care of them"(38))
Mrs Elton seems also to be cool on the Westons, because she dislikes Emma of course, but maybe also because the issue of whether Frank Churchill is a puppy or not has not yet been resolved, and maybe even some doubts about the very low marriage Mr Weston has made (Mrs Elton speaks to him but not to her).
When Mr Knightley tells Emma he fears that others would be entirely guided by your treatment of her", he might have reason to worry about Harriet or even Frank, but not about Mrs Elton.
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